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Italian Prisoners of War in Pennsylvania, 1944-1945

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Presented by Heinz History Center at Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh PA

Nov 03 2018
Italian Prisoners of War in Pennsylvania, 1944-1945

During World War II, the U.S. government interned more than 1,200 captured Italian soldiers at the Letterkenny Army Ordnance Depot near Chambersburg, Pa.

These troops collaborated with the United States in a collective effort to defeat the Axis powers. They formed the 321st Italian Quartermaster Battalion, and their work consisted mainly of stocking and shipping materials — ammunition, military vehicles, weapons, and machinery parts — to war fronts in the European and Pacific theaters of operation.

For entertainment, the soldiers formed an orchestra, a band, and several soccer teams. As a sign of their faith, they built a chapel and bell

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